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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-1314
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.
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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I went here for dinner with three colleagues on a random Wednesday night in July. We didn't have reservations, but luckily we were seated right away on the second floor. The view from our table, which was next to a big window, was of the water - wonderful. The restaurant itself is pretty big, and looks fairly nice (white table... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

For our last night dinner we selected Sea Food Ranch from the ratings on Trip Advisors . Our family of. 7 ordered different selections and we all agreed out of our 10 day visit this was the best food and service. . All the fish , shrimp , scallops , and pasta were truly outstanding !! Make sure you try... More

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McKinney, TX
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Stellar service! Our waiter was there exactly when we needed him and gone when we didn't - perfect service in my book! Food was excellent. Seafood was amazing. Steak was really good, kids' food was also delicious (burger and pasta Alfredo). Artichoke dip was also amazing. Atmosphere was nice. We sat upstairs, and it was nicely quiet, even though it... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad to hear your family enjoyed a nice dinner together, Kate. From appetizer to entrees, it's great that you can count on our menu to have something for everyone. I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed the beautiful sunset view during dinner. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Went to Sea Ranch over the years and went again twice last week. Great location in the marina, nice outdoor deck for cocktails and waiting while watching the sunset, great wait staff, noisy bar while you are waiting for a table and lastly good fish described well. Price point tops off a great place to go back to.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

We're so glad you stopped by! It's great to hear you enjoyed the beautiful sunset view over drinks. We're thrilled you enjoyed your fish entree. Hope to see you again soon! Best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

Ft Worth, TX
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My family and I were bummed Amberjacks had closed which was our traditional restaurant for a nice meal. I did some digging and asked a local and we settled upon this great place. First off, our server Joel (JOE-EL) was very enthusiastic and attentive. We had amazing lobster bisque and grilled red snapper. Atmosphere was nice and it really was... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you decided to check us out! Happy to hear Joel was helpful and enthusiastic -- we think he's a great too, so we'll pass along your kind words. We're thrilled that you loved the lobster bisque and red snapper. Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We hope your family will come back next time... More

San Antonio, Texas, USA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Steaks were delicious. Split the meal, it's worth the extra $2 given the portion sizes. Beautiful views!

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you stopped by, Mary! We're thrilled to that you enjoyed your steak dinner. It's great to hear you loved our view, too. Hope we'll be seeing you again soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

South Padre Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We only went here for drinks while waiting on our different activities at Breakaway Cruises. During the evening it was very easy to get drinks but at night the bar was very crowded. Especially with the amount of people that eat at the bar. I feel like it would have went smoother if the bar was for drinks only then... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you stopped by for drinks! It's great to hear that you had a great time with us. We will certainly keep your helpful feedback in mind. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Nice & clean atmosphere!! Great views, friendly staff, & delicious food! Went here with our family and everyone single one was pleased with their food!!

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad your family enjoyed a great meal with us! It's great to hear everyone enjoyed their meal, and it's always wonderful to hear that our staff is friendly and helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. Hope to see you again soon! All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More

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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The food here is good enough. Most of the plates are overpriced. The special wasn't very special or good. The appetizers are their best items: oysters Rockefeller, ahi tuna, and raw oysters. The snapper throat in the appetizer menu is really good. Coconut shrimp on dinner menu is good. If you like clam chowder, that is also good.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you've been able to try so many of our menu items, Ginalaur. Our kitchen always uses the best ingredients, so I'm glad to hear you're a big fan of our fresh seafood. While we do our best to keep prices as low as possible, the high quality ingredients do transfer to the dish's price as well as the... More

South Padre Island, Texas
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The freshest tuna I have ever had, I could eat it all day long! Although it is a bit on the pricier side, it is arguably the best restaurant on the Island and worth every penny. If you don't have a lot to spend at least go sit at the bar and have a martini and an appetizer portion of... More

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you're such a fan, Brad! It's great to hear you love our Tuna dish so much. Thanks so much for taking the time to review us! Hope to see you again soon! Best Bob Friedman, Owner More

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